ideo has hit the Chinese internet showing a visitor to a zoo in the Jiangxi capital of Nanchang, feeding a hippo a literal bag of popcorn.
The smiling visitor is seen standing over the barrier — frighteningly close to the hippo — throwing fistfuls of popcorn in its direction before just deciding to give the animal the entire bag. The plastic bag lands in the hippo’s open mouth and it quickly gulps the entire thing down.
The incident occurred on Wednesday. The following day the zoo announced that the hippo was fortunately fine and that they had referred the case to police.
All in all, this appears to be the best possible outcome that anyone could hope for considering the circumstances. Chinese tourists have a tendency to not be on their best behavior around animals in zoos and parks, kicking alligators, grabbing swans by the neck, and stoning kangaroos to death. Meanwhile, hippos have a tendency to kill people who get too close to them, including one Taiwanese tourist in Kenya in August.